Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has warned that internal politics at the club threaten the side’s chances of success.

The north London outfit are renowned for living within their means and as such will not break their wage structure for star players.

As a result the likes of Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas have left in recent times, and Robin van Persie is refusing to sign a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Russian executive, who is the outfit’s second-biggest shareholder, is warning that politics could lead to another trophyless campaign in 2012-13.

“We do not consider just qualifying for the Champions League to be the chief ambition of the club, and with all our hearts we support the team and wish them well for the new season,” he told Forbes Magazine.

“Victory is absolutely not ruled out, but the current politics of the club’s management will leave Arsene Wenger and his team with fewer and fewer opportunities in the long run.

“I am a fan and I am not going to sell these shares at any time, since this is the club that I consider the best in the world,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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  • Michael McLarnon
    2 years ago

    He isnt actually on the board, thats the whole point of him complaining.

    Good research, well done

    Reply
  • Aziz, KL-Malaysia
    2 years ago

    Can someone tell him to keep his freaking mouth shut and leave Arsenal alone ?

    Reply
  • Mick
    2 years ago

    The whole credibility of this writer, indeed this site, becomes apparent with such a basically inaccurate and wrong headline. Usmanov IS NOT on the board of Arsenal football club.

    Reply
  • Chris
    2 years ago

    Weither shareholder or not he is right the board should stop these internal politics for the club to succed this season

    Reply
  • nicky
    2 years ago

    At the very time many Gooners feel that Usmanov, purely by virtue of his share-holding, should be invited on to the Board, you mess up a reasonable post by assuming he is already a member. A very careless mistake.

    Reply

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